The Speedy Sloth, National Simultaneous Storytime 2023
Children from Catholic Early EdCare services have joined millions of students and teachers across the country to read ‘The Speedy Sloth’, as part of 2023 National Simultaneous Storytime.
Under Eights Week highlights strong community connections as schools and services came together to celebrate play.
Catholic Early EdCare services joined with Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) schools during Under Eights Week (15-21 May) to celebrate play through a host of events and activities.
At Christ the King School in Graceville, Bishop Ken Howell joined Principal Damien Sullivan and Centacare Executive Director Peter Selwood to play alongside kindergarten children from Julia Cumming Community Child Care Centre and their Year 5 buddies.
Catholic Early EdCare Program and Practice Manager Kirsten Holland said that in the first five years of life, children learn best about their world through engaging in play-based experiences and building strong responsive relationships with others.
“Through our close relationships with BCE schools, children build confidence in different settings and a sense of belonging as part of something bigger,” she said.
“As part of our transition to school programs, the kindergarten children really enjoy their regular visits to our co-located schools and getting involved in community activities including sports carnivals, book week celebrations and liturgies.”
Christ the King School Principal Damien Sullivan said it was important that incoming Prep students felt comfortable in the school environment.
“If the children feel safe and happy, this increases their confidence and helps with a smooth transition, which means on their first day they can let go of all worries and are ready to be learners,” he said.
“It’s a great way our future students can get to know our campus, connect, and make friends with our current students, which we find makes their transition to Prep a lot less daunting.”